The Godfather

Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
Genres: Crime, Drama
Released In 1972

Don Corleone: Call Bonasera. We need him now.

[Tom Hagen calls Amerigo Bonasera]

Tom Hagen: [on the phone] This is Tom Hagen, calling for Vito Corleone at his request. Now, you owe your Don a service. He has no doubt that you will repay him. In one hour he will be at your funeral parlor to ask for your help. Be there to greet him.

[as ordered, a nervous Bonasera meets the Don at his parlor]

Don Corleone: Well, my friend, are you ready to do me this service?

Bonasera: Yes. What do you want me to do?

[the two walk into the embalming room, where a corpse lies on a table... ]

Don Corleone: [staring at the table] I want you to use all your powers, and all your skills. I don't want his mother to see him this way.

[he draws back the sheet to reveal, to a horrified Bonasera, the bullet-smashed face of Sonny Corleone]

Don Corleone: [breaking down for a moment] Look how they massacred my boy...

Don Corleone: How's your boy?

Michael: He's good.

Don Corleone: You know, he looks more like you every day.

Michael: He's smarter than I am. Three years old, and he can already read the funny papers.

Don Corleone: [laughs] Read the funny papers...

Don Corleone: I hope you don't mind the way I keep going over this Barzini business.

Michael: No, not at all.

Don Corleone: It's an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.

Don Corleone: I like to drink wine more than I used to...

[pause]

Don Corleone: Anyway, I'm drinking more.

Michael: It's good for you, Pop.

Don Corleone: Ah, I don't know...

Don Corleone: My godson has come all the way from California. Give him a drink.

Don Corleone: Oh, I want you to arrange to have a telephone man check all the calls going in and out of here because it could be anyone...

Michael: I did that already, Pop. I took care of that.

Don Corleone: Oh, that's right. I forgot.

Michael: What's the matter? What's bothering you? I'll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I'll handle it.

[the Don rises as if to leave, but changes his mind midway and seats himself closer to Michael]

Don Corleone: I knew Santino was going to have to go through all this and Fredo... well, Fredo was... But I, I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don't apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all of those big shots. That's my life, I don't apologize for that. But I always thought that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone, Governor Corleone, something.

Michael: Another pezzonovante.

Don Corleone: Well, there wasn't enough time, Michael. There just wasn't enough time.

Michael: We'll get there, Pop. We'll get there.

[the Don kisses his son on the forehead]

Don Corleone: [crying, staring at Sonny's body] Look how they massacred my boy!

Don Corleone: [to Luca Brasi] I'm a little worried about this Sollozzo fellow. I want you to find out what he's got under his fingernails. Go to the Tattaglias, and tell them you're not too happy with our Family, and find out what you can...

Don Corleone: [to Michael] Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, he's the traitor. Don't forget that.

Don Corleone: [to Michael] So, Barzini will move against you first. He'll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust, guaranteeing your safety. And at that meeting, you'll be assassinated.